Posted by: fabric-a-brac | August 31, 2014

Stash-tastic!

Thank you Auckland for turning up to our fourth Fabric-A-Brac event in full force!

We hope you found plenty of lovely fabric for your stash. Mercy Hospice was really happy with the funds raised from the event.

If you have made something from the items you picked up from the event, we would love to hear from you! Tell us your story and send us a photo too (email fabricabracauck@gmail.com).

Here are some photos to remind you of what it was like in fabric heaven.

 

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | August 14, 2014

Fabric-a-brac Auckland is nearly here!

AUGUST IS HERE

AND FABRIC-A-BRAC IS NEAR!

Saturday 23 August 2014 in AUCKLAND

This Fabric-A-Brac event promises to delight with plenty of modern and vintage fabric and haberdashery from private collections, the new Crafting Corner and live music.

The Crafting Corner will showcase the following demonstrations and exhibitions:

1) Crocheting by Olga Ganke

2) Embroidery by Shelley Warner

3) Up-cycling by Sarah Lancaster of Sew Love Tea Do

Olga, Shelley and Sarah will also have items on offer to fundraise for Mercy Hospice Auckland.

The Mercy Hospice fundraiser café will be offering cuppas and delectable treats. Proceeds from this event will once again go towards Mercy Hospice Auckland.

Don’t miss Auckland’s Fabric-A-Brac event of the year!

Folk Tree embroidery

Kantha fabric sourced from West Bengal by Folktree

Posted by: Kat H | August 11, 2014

Fabric-a-brac creations

Guess what, Fabric-a-brac lovers? It’s time for another round-up of creations made from Fabric-a-brac finds! Check out these gorgeous things that some talented people have made with treasures they found at a Fabric-a-brac event……

Le Wise La Sylphide by The Curious Kiwi

Le Wise La Sylphide by The Curious Kiwi

Here’s a very “New Zealand” dress from The Curious Kiwi – the pattern is the La Sylphide by Nelson-based designer Papercut patterns, the photography is lovely, scenic NZ beach, and the buttons are from a Wellington Fabric-a-brac event.

Eye of the Tiger dress from Crazy Gypsy Chronicles

Eye of the Tiger dress from Crazy Gypsy Chronicles

Rrrawwwwrrr!!! From owls to tigers, this lovely maxi dress was made by Crazy Gypsy Chronicles using a pixelated tiger-print fabric found at Fabric-a-brac. (Seriously folks, where else would you find something as awesomely crazy as pixelated tiger-print fabric? Only at Fabric-a-brac!)

Gold lurex dress from Adventures of a Girl from the Naki

Gold lurex dress from Adventures of a Girl from the Naki

From one crazy-amazing fabric to another, here’s a stunning gold lurex dress (fabric from Fabric-a-brac, of course!) made by Adventures of a Girl from the Naki.

Floral Forties dress by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Floral Forties dress by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Heading into a different part of the colour wheel, Modern Vintage Cupcakes used Fabric-a-brac find of a length of vintage blue floral fabric to make up a dress from a re-released 1940’s dress pattern. (Vintage fabric, vintage pattern – seems rather appropriate, does it not?)

Modern Red Riding Hood Cape from The Dreamstress

Modern Red Riding Hood Cape from The Dreamstress

Moving on from dresses, here’s something a bit different – a cape! Made by The Dreamstress, and lined in a gorgeous scarlet viscose jacquard found at (you guessed it!) Fabric-a-brac.

Vintage Cushions from Sewing Down Under

Vintage Cushions from Sewing Down Under

And rounding off this round-up of creations from Fabric-a-brac finds are these super pretty cushion, made by Sewing Down Under, using doileys and a green scarf from Fabric-a-brac.

Oooh, don’t all those pretty things just make you want to go and get crafting?!!

Have you made something using Fabric-a-brac finds? Want to share it on here? Either leave a link to a blog post in a comment below, or email details (either a link to a blog post, or if you don’t blog, an image and details of what you made) to macska at gmail dot com to get added into the next creations round-up.

Happy crafting, everyone!

Posted by: Kat H | May 7, 2014

Fabric-a-brac creations

Hey there everyone. Are you ready to see some more gorgeous things that people have made using Fabric-a-brac finds? Here we go! Click on the images or the links to head to the creator’s blog posts to find out more details about their creations.

Flossie FT made this gorgeous floral version of the famous Walkaway dress using a floral curtain (!!) she found at Fabric-a-brac.

 

 

 

 

Two Random Words used this red and black knit she found at Fabric-a-brac to make up the new Colette Moneta dress.

 

 

Modern Vintage Cupcakes went all New Zealand-sourced and made up Papercut’s La Sylphide peplum top in a ladybird cotton found at Fabric-a-brac. (For those who don’t know Papercut patterns, they’re an indie pattern company based in Nelson.)

 

 

Oh My Hat used this gorgeous owl fabric she found at Fabric-a-brac to make up the Staple Dress by April Rhodes.

 

 

Laulipop NZ was doing a bit of procrastinating and decided to make up a new bag, using some grey fabric from Fabric-a-brac for the lining. (Seems like pretty constructive procrastination, doesn’t it?!)

 

 

The Dreamstress rounds out today’s Fabric-a-brac creations list, with a smock made from a Fabric-a-brac find, and a lovely fairy story told through photography and her blog post.

 

 

Have you made something using fabric (or notions or a pattern or…) that you found at Fabric-a-brac? We’d love to see it! Email macska at gmail dot com with either a link to a blog post about your creation or a photo and details of what you made (if you don’t have a blog) and we’ll include it in a future Fabric-a-brac creations round-up.

Posted by: Kat H | March 6, 2014

Fabric-a-brac creations

Hey there folks! Guess what? It’s time for another show-and-tell of pretty things you’ve all made from purchases at Fabric-a-brac!

Are you ready? Here goes….

Spotty Not Quite Nautical dress - The Dreamstress

Spotty Not Quite Nautical dress – The Dreamstress

This rather stunning 1930’s style spotted dress, from The Dreamstress, was made using blue-and-white spotted rayon from Fabric-a-brac.

Home Sewn Icebreaker Jacket - Sewing Down Under

Home Sewn Icebreaker Jacket – Sewing Down Under

For those colder days, here’s a cozy Icebreaker-style jacket, made by Sewing Down Under using merino from Fabric-a-brac.

Monochrome Cushion Cover - Oliphant Kat

Monochrome Cushion Cover – Oliphant Kat

It’s not all about clothes, you know! Here’s a cute cushion cover made by Oliphant Kat, using a black and white cotton knit she found at a Sydney Fabric-a-brac.

Floral Dream dress - Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Floral Dream dress – Modern Vintage Cupcakes

This floral wrap dress was made by Modern Vintage Cupcakes, using vintage viyella from a Wellington Fabric-a-brac.

Floral Lampshade - Sent From My iRon

Floral Lampshade – Sent From My iRon

Back to the home furnishings, here’s a pretty floral lampshade, from Sent From My iRon, made using a Fabric-a-brac fabric find.

Floral Dress - Josie

Floral Dress – Josie

And rounding out our creations collection today is this pretty floral shift dress, made by Fabric-a-brac founder, Josie! (Doesn’t she look fab?!!)

Have you made something using things found at Fabric-a-brac? We’d love to hear about it, to include in future round-ups! Feel free to include a link to a blog post about a creation in the comments below, or email links or images through to macska at gmail dot com.

Posted by: Kat H | February 10, 2014

The next Welly Fabric-a-brac?

It’s happening in April!

From 11am – 3pm on Saturday 12 April, in fact.

We’re back at the wonderful St Annes Hall, on Emmett Street in Newtown.

Pretty fabric for sale at November 2013 Fabric-a-brac

Pretty fabric for sale at November 2013 Fabric-a-brac

Just like last time, there’ll be heaps of amazing fabric for sale, pretty buttons and trims, lots of other fabric-lovers to chat about fabric with, and a cafe stocked with homemade tasty treats and cups of tea with tables for you to sit down and happily stroke your new purchases.

November Fabric-a-brac cafe

November Fabric-a-brac cafe

The world-famous-amoungst-Wellington-fabric-lovers Hospice table will be back, piled high with all sorts of lovely fabric donations waiting to find new homes (while also raising money for the Mary Potter Hospice).

Donated fabric heading to the Hospice stall at Nov 2013 Fabric-a-brac

Donated fabric heading to the Hospice stall at Nov 2013 Fabric-a-brac

And because many of you asked for it, this time there may even be a fabric raffle or two during the day…. Keep an eye out for the info table in the entrance, where you’ll find such lovely things as raffle tickets, the sign-up sheet for our newsletter, and the pretty Fabric-a-brac magazines.

November Fabric-a-brac cafe decorations

November Fabric-a-brac cafe decorations

If you would like to have your name down for the opportunity of having a stall then please:
1. Contact us on fabricabracwgtn@gmail.com
2. Advise what you will be selling e.g. fabric remnants, bric a brac, vintage material etc
3. Advise if you are able to provide your own table or not.
(Please note: Fabric-a-brac is for the sale of fabric remnants and sewing bric a brac, not kitsets or ready made items. The philosophy is for someone’s stash to become someone else’s treasure.)

If you’ve got some fabric (or sewing bric-a-brac) hanging around and you feel it needs a new home, we’re also accepting donations for the Hospice table – contact us on fabricabracwgtn@gmail.com. Likewise, if you love baking or cooking and want to donate some tasty treats for the cafe (which is also raising funds for Mary Potter Hospice) or want to volunteer to help out on the day, please email us – we’d love to hear from you. :-)

A happy room full of fabric lovers

A happy room full of fabric lovers

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | December 7, 2013

Make it a fabric Christmas

It’s not too late to get crafty for Christmas!

There are such wonderful ideas around – we’ve collected a few that will help use up some of your fabric/wool stash, and won’t take until Christmas 2014.

1. Fabric-backed cookie cutters. Paste fabric onto cardboard and voila.

2. Bird ornament with simple visual instructions.

3. Fabric pompom ornament. You could use any sort of fabric – it would look fantastic in a vintage green or red.

4. Embroidery hoop hanging decorations.

5. Embroidery hoop hanging decorations Mark II.

6. Pompom wrapping idea.

7. Christmas stocking with lovely embellishments.

8. Toadstool pincushion or decoration.

9. Cute felt Christmas tree.

And a gift idea we couldn’t resist – here’s a teepee pattern – what a great present! Have a wonderful Christmas all – and see you in 2014 for more fabric shopping!

teepee pattern

 

 

 

Posted by: Kat H | November 6, 2013

Fabric-a-brac creations

After every Fabric-a-brac, hoardes of crafty people leave happily, cradling bundles of fabric, patterns and notions, taking them to new homes where they’ll be loved.

But what happens to that fabric after that? Where do those patterns go? Do the notions ever see the light of day again??

Well, it’s time to find out! This is the start of a series, delving deep to uncover what’s been made with Fabric-a-brac finds.

Owl patterned tee by The Dreamstress

Owl patterned tee by The Dreamstress

Isn’t this owl patterned tee fabulous? It’s one of a trilogy of tees made using Fabric-a-brac fabrics, by the Dreamstress.

Tartan bag by Flossie FT

Tartan bag by Flossie FT

This super-cute bag made by Flossie FT includes includes both handles and lining fabric found at Fabric-a-brac.

Cordova jacket by Sewist Stitch

Cordova jacket by Sewist Stitch


Here’s a super-cute jacket, made using Fabric-a-brac fabric by Sewist Stitch.

1960's dress by Trees

1960’s dress by Trees

Feel like going back in time? Trees made this pretty dress using a vintage 1960’s pattern, out of fabric she scored at Fabric-a-brac.

Strangers UFO jacket by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Strangers UFO jacket by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Following on with the shades-of-green, the Strangers UFO jacket was made from a mystery uncompleted project found at Fabric-a-brac by Modern Vintage Cupcakes.

Jumpsuit by Miriam

Jumpsuit by Miriam


This super funky jumpsuit is (surprise, surprise!) made from a Fabric-a-brac fabric find, by Miriam.

Dress by Verena

Dress by Verena


And this fabulous green dress is by Verena, also made out of Fabric-a-brac fabric.

Aren’t they all fantastic?!? Are they getting you inspired to come along to the next Fabric-a-brac and make things?

What have you made from Fabric-a-brac finds? Want your creations featured in a future post? Either post a link to a blog post about them below or send details and a photo to macska (at) gmail (dot) com.

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | October 21, 2013

Fabric-A-Vember!!!!

16 November 2013 – Auckland’s first pre-Christmas event.

FBB poster Auckland November 2013

Fabric-a-brac Auckland is on 16 November 2013

November is definitely turning out to be a Fabric-A-Vember with Auckland taking a turn to hold a Fabric-A-Brac event on 16th November, following Wellington’s event on 9th November.

To book a stall, email fabricabracauck@gmail.com .

This first pre-Christmas Fabric-A-Brac event promises to delight with plenty of modern and vintage fabric and haberdashery on offer as well as cuppas and delectable treats from Mercy Hospice.

Proceeds to go towards the charity’s work with patients and families requiring end-of-life care and support.

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | September 24, 2013

Wellington date announced!

Fabric-a-brac Wellington November 2013

Fabric-a-brac Wellington November 2013. St Anne’s Hall, Newtown, Wellington

Yup, 9 November 2013 we’ll be back in Wellington for a frenzied festival of fabric fabulousness.

We’re back at St Anne’s in Newtown for this event – in the afternoon 12noon to 4pm.

Tables are all full – so we’re really excited about what’s going to be on offer! There’ll be the usual tea and coffee and sweet treats to raise money for Mary Potter Hospice. And a whole table, or two, or three, also dedicated to fundraise for this worthy cause.

Any questions email fabricabracwgtn@gmail.com.

And spread the word!

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